Robert replied to the topic 'New version of INDI Web Manager' in the forum. 1 month ago

That's ok. Sounds good. Looking forward and thanks for the work. ;-)

Greetz,

Robert

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Robert replied to the topic 'New version of INDI Web Manager' in the forum. 1 month ago

I understand that Jasem adapted the existing 'hitecastro-dc' driver so it would accept my hitecastro focuser controller. Am not sure. I haven't been sent an xml file. It would be helpful to have such a file and to know where to put it so I can work until the next version of kstars comes out.
This is what Jasem wrote "I added your PID to hitech focuser now, but you will need to compile INDI from source to be able to test that."
I believe from what I see on Github under indi issues that my focuser was added in the following file : 'libindi/drivers/focuser/hitecastrodcfocuser.cpp'
I suppose that is what should be 'compiled' into indi.

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Robert replied to the topic 'New version of INDI Web Manager' in the forum. 1 month ago

That is how I have been working so far. A remote Mac (OSX) is connected to my telescope. I have ekos/Kstars running on that remote computer and configured as shown on the screenshot below (capturefiles 1-2-3).
The Mac in my house is setup as seen in the screenshots (4 and 5) and connected via the internet to my remote Mac.
I think I had the principle of INDI Web manager completely misunderstood. I thought it was a way to get the drivers from a dedicated server somewhere online so that one would not have to use drivers on one's own computers. Silly me, of course. Reason why I wanted to use the Web Manager following that reasoning is to perhaps be able to access a driver for a focus controller I have (HitecAstroDC ver 2). The existing driver in INDI does not accept mine because of wrong Product ID. So Jasem was so kind as to adapt this driver so it would accept mine. Unfortunately I would need to compile INDI from source which is absolutely like "Chinese" to me. He is considering the need for a basic tutorial for OSX users how to compile for INDI. I guess that will take a while as the man has his hands full with all these questions. :-) I hope that explains my question a bit.

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Robert replied to the topic 'New version of INDI Web Manager' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi,

I am looking for a tutorial on how to install/use the indi webmanager in ekos/kstars for OSX. Is there such a thing?
Thanks,

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Robert replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 1 month ago

Okay, thanks I just did.

Greetz

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Robert replied to the topic 'Hitech Astro DC focuser problem' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi everyone,

I have a similar problem with my Hitecastro DC focus controller 2.
The idea is to use it with Kstars on a Mac but for some reason, although an INDI driver is installed for the Hitecastro it does’ seem to be able to connect.
Works fine manually. My motorfocusser is a JMI motofocus.
It seems to work fine with Backyard EOS and APT 3.5 (Asto Photography Tool)

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in Windows 8.1
I get the same result from the INDI server and INDI command center.

Please see attachments included.

Thanks a lot for any help.

Kind regards.

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Robert replied to the topic 'Issue with Polar Alignment' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hello,
Ok, I will wait for the update. As soon as I have clear skies again i will send you a logfile. Verbose on; check.

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Robert replied to the topic 'Issue with Polar Alignment' in the forum. 8 months ago

Sorry, hadn't noticed there was already a Polar alignment topic.
I just discovered Kstar 2.7.8 and Ekos and must say that I have been very impressed with it. However I seem to run into problems trying to use PA procedure. First it won't clear the alignment model of my Celestron AVX mount. It gives me the error : Failed to clear Alignment Model.
When I start the PA anyway it first wants to "Clear the alignment model" which takes forever and eventually I give up. When I start the capture and solve process it doesn't seem to be able to find a solution. It keeps failing. "Solver failed after ... seconds). I have a guidescope (200mm focal length and 50mm aperture which should suffice) and an ASI 120MC. Sky was unobstructed at that time. The captured image looked fine to me but I might have a wrong idea about what is a solvable picture. All Astrometry databases and web connections are installed.
I run Mac OSX El Capitan on a MacBook Pro.
I don't have a log file yet and no clear skies forecasted in the near future. Sorry about that.
Any help is appreciated,
Kind regards,

Robert Temmerman

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Robert created a new topic ' EKOS polar alignment procedure' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hi Jasem. I just discovered Kstar 2.7.8 and Ekos and must say that I have been very impressed with it. However I seem to run into problems trying to use PAA procedure. First I seem it won't clear the alignment model of my Celestron AVX mount. It gives me the error : Failed to clear Alignment Model.
When I start the PAA anyway it first wants to "Clear the alignment model" which takes forever and eventually I give up. When I start the capture and solve process it doesn't seem to be able to find a solution. It keeps failing. "Solver failed after ... seconds). I have a guidescope (200mm focal length and 50mm aperture which should suffice) and an ASI 120MC. Sky was unobstructed at that time. The captured image looked fine to me but I might have a wrong idea about what is a solvable picture. All Astrometry databases and web connections are installed.
I run Mac OSX El Capitan on a MacBook Pro.

Any help is appreciated,
Kind regards,

Robert Temmerman

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Robert replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 8 months ago

That's great Rob because indeed overtime the DSLR is switched off one has to kill the PTPCamera again.

What is Jasem's avatar because I couldn't find him through the search engine?

Kind regards,
Robert

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Robert replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 8 months ago

Ok Rob I will put that question to him.
Thanks again,

Rob

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Robert thanked Rob Lancaster in topic Ekos on Mac OS X ? 8 months ago
Robert replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 8 months ago

That was the reason Rob. " killall PTPCamera" did the trick! Canon is now online!! Thank you so much! I didn't have to use any other INDI driver. Star's internal was sufficient. I guess I will have execute this command every session now.

Regarding my second problem; any ideas on the solving problems of my polar alignment?

Kind regards,

Robert

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Robert replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hello,
I have followed the instructions and included the Kstar logfile as well as some screencaptures.
After I started the indi server via Terminal I started the Canon 700D and Kstar.
When selecting Ekos and starting INDI it says that there is another instance of INDI running. When I answer No to shutting it down I can see on the Terminal window that I believe the Canon driver is being loaded. However I am not able to connect my devices such as the mount and the CCD. The Ksat configuration is Local not Remote. I have included the window where you can see what path the indi library is that Kstar uses.
I restarted Kstar but this time I selected Yes to the question of shutting down the already running INDI instance. Now everything connects except for the Canon and indeed in the terminal I can see that it is not loaded.

Hope this helps a bit.

Thanks again,

Robert

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Robert replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 8 months ago

Thank you for the swift reply. :-) I have all the Cloudmakers' software installed on my Mac. However when I start Kstar I think I use the Kstar's INDI as I haven't opened any of Cloudmaker's software (including their INDI server and INDI control panel). I was confused when I installed Kstar by the setup wizard's question whether I wanted the Internal INDI or external INDI. It says "In case of doubt choose Internal INDI server" so I did. I wasn't aware of the difference. Do they mean by external INDI server that it is located somewhere remotely on the' web' or simply not part of Kstar's software such as Cloudmaker's INDI server? Anyhow, I have included a screen capture which shows that I am using an Kstars' internal INDI server I think. Regarding the indilib I installed I got that from the Cloudmaker's site where they have an OSX version of the server. I am not versed in programming so I wouldn't have a clue how to use the source code.
I understand I am to try to use the Terminal software in OSX. Can you show me how to " run the indiserver from the command line and connecting to it from kstars as if it were a remote indiserver"?
And/or how to "built it from source and install it to /usr/local/bin".
And/or how to "run that one from the command line and connecting to it as if it were a remote indiserver from stars".
I have downloaded the "libindi_1.4.1.tar.gz" and have a "libindi 2 folder now. Wouldn't have a clue how to proceed. Sorry for my ignorance. :-(
What happened to the good old WYSIWYG ;-)
Where are the star log files located in OSX so I can send them to you?

A very appreciative Robert.

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Robert created a new topic ' Canon DSLR and Polar alignment' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hi, I just discovered Kstar 2.7.8 and Ekos and must say that I have been impressed with it so far. However I seem to run into problems trying to connect my Canon 700D as well as with the PAA. I run Mac OSX El Capitan.
I realise there have been issues with connecting Canon DSLR before and was wondering if my error has popped up before with anybody.
The DSLR error messages I get are :

Camera_get_config failed (-2): Bad parameters
Can not open camera: Power OK? If camera is auto-mounted as external disk storage, please unmount it and disable auto-mount.
Camera_get_config failed (-53): Could not claim the USB device
It works fine when I use AstroDSLR from Cloudmakers which also uses INDI Server and INDI control panel and I assume the INDI driver for Canon DSLR.
The camera is not mounted as far as I can see.I have installed the latest indilib which I understand to be containing the gphoto driver.

Regarding the polar alignment: I seem not to be able to Clear the alignment model of my Celestron AVX mount. It gives me the error : Failed to clear Alignment Model.
When I start the PAA it first wants to "Clear the alignment model" which takes forever and eventually I give up. When I start the capture and solve process it doesn't seem to be able to find a solution. It keeps failing. "Solver failed after ... seconds). I have a guidescope (210mm focal length and 50,7mm aperture which should suffice) and an ASI 120MC.

Please help! This is quite frustrating.

I seem to be doing nothing else than encountering problems which I am trying to solve as best as possible instead of being able to enjoy some astronomy. :-(

Kind regards,
Robert

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Robert replied to the topic 'Ekos on Mac OS X ?' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hi, I just discovered Kstar 2.7.8 and Ekos and must say that I have been impressed with it so far. However I seem to run into problems trying to connect my Canon 700D as well as with the PAA. I run Mac OSX El Capitan.
I realise there have been issues with connecting Canon DSLR before and was wondering if my error has popped up before with anybody.
The DSLR error messages I get are :

Camera_get_config failed (-2): Bad parameters
Can not open camera: Power OK? If camera is auto-mounted as external disk storage, please unmount it and disable auto-mount.
Camera_get_config failed (-53): Could not claim the USB device
It works fine when I use AstroDSLR from Cloudmakers which also uses INDI Server and INDI control panel and I assume the INDI driver for Canon DSLR.
The camera is not mounted as far as I can see.I have installed the latest indilib which I understand to be containing the gphoto driver.

Regarding the polar alignment: I seem not to be able to Clear the alignment model of my Celestron AVX mount. It gives me the error : Failed to clear Alignment Model.
When I start the PAA it first wants to "Clear the alignment model" which takes forever and eventually I give up. When I start the capture and solve process it doesn't seem to be able to find a solution. It keeps failing. "Solver failed after ... seconds). I have a guidescope (200mm focal length and 50mm aperture which should suffice) and an ASI 120MC.

Please help! This is quite frustrating.

I seem to be doing nothing else than encountering problems which I am trying to solve as best as possible instead of being able to enjoy some astronomy. :-(

Kind regards,
Robert

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